Backpacking is a way to connect with Nature and to learn what is important in Life. I have camped since an infant when my parents cared for me on road trips through the National Parks. My first 7 day backpacking trip was the Sliver Moccasin with the Boy Scouts. I have section hiked most of the Application Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. For several years now, I have avoided maintained trail and hike cross country.